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Northwest Community Healthcare

Atherton Heart Failure & AFib Clinic

Heart Failure

The most common reason for admission to the hospital among older adults is heart failure. People with heart failure often experience a loss of productivity and quality of life, coupled with fragmented outpatient services, emergency room visits and return trips to the hospital. Learn more about NCH cardiovascular care.

Research shows that early physician follow-up (within seven days of discharge) can reduce readmission rates by about 20 percent. Other interventions, such as home-based Telehealth and a phone call following discharge can also reduce the chances of returning to the hospital in a short period of time.

The Atherton Heart Failure Clinic fills a growing need for chronic heart failure disease management in our community. This new outpatient clinic bridges the gap from hospital discharge to home. Patients will be seen within 72 hours of discharge from the hospital and will get the treatment and support they need to manage their health including:

  • Easy appointment setting
  • Ongoing assessment of medical needs
  • Management of multiple medications and dosage adjustments
  • Education and behavior modification for lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise
  • Remote monitoring at home for those at higher risk
  • Ongoing communication with primary care physicians
  • Free monthly heart failure education support group

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common heart arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm). It is caused by short circuits in the upper chamber of the heart (atria) that can cause a spectrum of symptoms, including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, palpitations (racing or irregular heart beat) and dizziness. In addition, AFib carries a high risk of heart failure, stroke and other heart-related issues.

Once your physician refers you to the AFib Clinic, you will be partnered with nurses, pharmacists, advanced practitioners and physicians to increase your understanding of AFib and how to improve your quality of life. This includes education concerning many topics including weight management, diet, activity, sleep disorders and more.

Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are medications that are often used to manage AFib. Our team will provide education and support to help you and your cardiologist manage these medications.

We help:

  • Monitor kidney function to ensure dosing of medications is appropriate
  • Discuss potential interactions with other medications
  • When appropriate, weekly to monthly lab (INR) checks for patients on warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Serve as a resource for you and your other health care providers to adjust your medications when appropriate
  • Provide on-call services after hours if you have issues with anticoagulation medications
  • Evaluate cost of anticoagulation and possible alternatives
  • Discuss any barriers to compliance in taking your prescribed medications

AFib Clinic patients need to continue to follow-up with a cardiologist at least yearly to discuss anticoagulation medications and monitor your atrial fibrillation.


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Heart Failure Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Afib Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Address and Directions

199 West Rand Road
Mount Prospect, IL
(Across from Randhurst Mall)

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